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    I need help addressing the following critical elements:
    In relation to the departmental policy (Marijuana legalization/use), identify the needs of the public and the relevant branch of the criminal justice system, and assess the extent to which the policy currently addresses these needs.
    Specifically:
    a) Identify specific needs of the public and the relevant branch of the criminal justice system at the center of the departmental policy, justifying your identifications.
    b) To what extent does the departmental policy address these specific needs?
    Policy Recommendations:
    Provide specific recommendations to the existing departmental public policy to improve the delivery of criminal justice services, justifying your recommendations, and examining the impact of the recommendations on the public and specific branch of the criminal justice system. Be sure to:
    a) Outline the specific aspects of the departmental policy that is targeted for your recommendations, justifying your selections. What specific aspects of the departmental policy need improving and why?
    b) What specific recommendations do you have to improve the existing departmental policy?
    c) Justify how the recommendations will improve the delivery of criminal justice services. Provide specific examples.
    d) How does criminological theory support your recommendations? How do the recommendations support the public's needs? Consider how theory justifies the appropriateness of the recommendations for the departmental policy.
    e) What are the potential impacts of the departmental policy recommendations on the public and the relevant branch of the criminal justice system? Provide specific examples. If the potential impacts are negative, how might you alter your recommendations?
    f) How does your assessment of the potential impacts inform your departmental policy implementation? For example, how can you capitalize on positive reactions in the implementation of the departmental policy? How might you create buy-in where there is possible conflict?
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    http://www.drugpolicy.org/drug-war-statistics

    In relation to the departmental policy (Marijuana legalization/use), identify the needs of the public and the relevant branch of the criminal justice system, and assess the extent to which the policy currently addresses these needs.

    The public needs effective drug policies that don't terrorize poor and minority citizens and waste taxpayer dollars on a failed war that has cost trillions of dollars and destroyed millions of lives. This is why marijuana legalization is needed as a policy because it provides the ability to end a failed policy that has proven to be the most colossal public policy failure in American history. Therefore, the public will benefit as well as the criminal justice system because it can reduce the excessive strain on the courts, prisons, and the minorities who have long suffered under this racist, unjust, and systematically ineffective war on drugs. Therefore, the current policy needs to address racism, inequality, and tyranny against the marginalized groups that has historically suffered ill treatment from American drug policies.
    Specifically:
    a) Identify specific needs of the public and the relevant branch of the criminal justice system at the center of the departmental policy, justifying your identifications.

    I've already identified the most pressing needs within this system, which entail proven statistical evidence of unequal law enforcement tactics that "target" minorities for arrest, prosecution, and incarceration for marijuana use at disproportionate rates although whites use the drug at higher rates than minorities. The fact that the majority of the public supports marijuana legislation also needs to be addressed, the fact that plea bargaining is used in over 90% of drug cases because the court system can't handle the overloaded volume of drug cases, the fact that violent criminals have been ...

    Solution Summary

    Marijuana legalization policy is examined. The expert identifies specific needs of the public and the relevant branch of the criminal justice system at the center of the departmental policy, justifying your identifications.

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